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Makeover Monday: Island Ventilation, Under Cabinet Lighting & Stainless Steel Counters

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 14, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodelled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your project...so let's get to it.

We have a contemporary kitchen in Woburn by Venegas and Company in the Boston Design Center for you this week.


I want you to look at the ventilation first. As islands have become more popular in kitchens, many people have centralized their cooking accordingly. You can face your family or guests with the cooktop or rangetop in the island, so ventilation has to be rethought.

You can buy a downdraft, which channels the smoke, grease and steam down and out of your house. Downdrafts do not have capture area to handle volume however.

The other option for higher volume is an island hood. It adds a design element in your kitchen, but more importantly has the capture area and suction (CFM) to handle a professional range. Typically, it should be 6 inches wider than the cooking surface and hang about 30"-36" off the surface (check the manufacturers specs).

Under Cabinet Lighting

First, if you want to remove the need for most lighting, then add a skylight. Think about it, a skylight adds light except for dinner time (5 months out of the year). Donna adds LED pucks to light the counters. Pucks add an element. If you do not want to see the fixture look at LED tape. I like the pucks in a contemporary kitchen.

Stainless Countertops

If you walk into any commercial kitchen, it's always stainless counters. Stainless is non-porous and therefore the most hygenic, because germs cannot penetrate and multiply on a solid surface. The stainless is a good aesthetic along with the matching handles. Overall the kitchen has some great, unique details.

Again, many thanks to Donna Venegas from Venegas and Company (617.439.8800) in the Boston Design Center for the images and info. 

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Steve Sheinkopf

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